One thing I can say for sure about King Kong is that it surprised me. In a good way. Here's why:
This game plays very well and intuitively. Once you figure out where everything is, there is no problem at all. This is one of the first applications this generation of "non-intrusive" gameplay, meaning that there are no health bars or ammo counters on screen. If your going to die, your screen flashes red with a visual warning. If your going to run out of ammo, Jack Driscoll (not Jack Black) gives you a verbal warning.
You will play either as Kong or Jack. About 70 percent of the time is spent as Jack, which is unfortunate because the King Kong levels are so much fun I wish that they were a little more frequent. The controls for each are obviously different, but they feel and work great. Swinging around with Kong and using his huge arm to bash enemies and obstacles really gives the player a sense of power.
The graphics really struck me, particularly when I realized that I stopped to look at wet rocks. If the rocks are worth looking at, you can imagine how good the rest of the game must be. Nearly everything looks really good, but I think I most enjoyed the "V-Rexs." They looked awesome and there were some nice graphical effects when they roar at you: the entire screen blurs and you really get the feeling that your dealing with a very powerful animal.
On the negative side I have a problem with the character models. They look like something the original Xbox probably could have done, which isn't bad, but it doesn't quite match up to the rest of the environment. As far as complaints go, this is relatively minor.
Like the graphics, the sound is great. The cast from the move lent their voice talent to the game. The V-Rexs and King Kong sound as strong and mean as you'd expect.
Just by beating this game you get a 1000 points. That is quite a boost.
posted by MOOKsterX (STUDIO CITY, CA) Apr 22, 2006
Member since Jan 2006
gamers (60%) found this review helpful
Well, the graphics are great. I love the fact that you get to play as the hero and as Kong. Great story line. Prepare yourself to through alot of spears and bones! Yeah bones. you get to through bones at enemies. The game is somewhat short in my opinion but I loved it. I guess we can all agree that we know how the king kong story ends, so there really is not a surprise ending. The only thing I did not like was the fact that once you make it to New york city, the game ending comes too quick.